They use much less energy, last a lot longer and, unlike regular bulbs don't take a few seconds to brighten.
Using LED light bulbs in our homes is relatively new.
They have historically been and to some extent continue to be expensive relative to other energy saving light bulbs and it isn't easy to find ones at higher brightness levels.
However, with the increase in popularity more money is going to put into research and development which should make them more efficient and bring the price down.
LED bulbs produce light in a different way to traditional incandescent bulbs.
Traditional bulbs pass electricity through a filament whereas LEDs use a semi-conductor which emits light energy when an electrical current passes through it.
LED Lights - Pros
- LEDs use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs and as such are the most efficient.
As a result LEDs can sometimes pay for themselves relatively quickly through energy savings.
- They last a long long time.
Depending on which ones you buy and how frequently you use them, they can even last 25-30 years.
- They brighten almost immediately when you flick the light switch.
- They are less of a fire hazard because they have lower radiated heat.
- The light bulb is durable and more resistant to shock and vibration.
- New technologies are giving users an element of creativity - they can be easily programmed to do fun stuff.
- No UV rays
- This market is currently self-regulated and as such their quality can be inconsistent.
- Brighter LEDs are becoming increasingly available, however it can still be difficult to find those with higher wattages.
- They can produce a cooler bluish light which isn't very attractive.
The best LEDs, however, should be indistinguishable from your old bulbs and will produce a nice warm light.
- It is often more complicated to add a dimmer switch to LED lights than regular bulbs.
Important recent developments have reduced their cost and made it a lot easier to operate and install.
Lighting is a very important consideration in any interior design as it has been shown to affect the way people live, work, and feel.
Also as environmental concerns come to the forefront of societal thinking, reducing the burden on our planet's resources through LED lights may not only become commonplace but also be enforced with legislation.